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GP Nominating Process Begins 3/11 at 7 pm

Greetings Greens!

Want to participate in nominating Green Party candidates for the 2014 elections?

Tuesday 3/11/14 is the day the Four Stage Nominating Convention Process* begins.

While these conventions are open to the public, one may only participate as a voting attendee if one is:

1) registered to vote

2) did not vote in a 2014 primary (either D or R)

3) did not vote in another party's convention

Please bring your voter registration card with you.

Stage 1

On Tuesday, March 11, 2014 Precinct Conventions will be held - this is where County delegates are elected and ballots are cast for use by the delegates to the County, District, and State Conventions in guiding their decisions.

Consolidated Precinct Convention Locations – Time is 7p-9p unless otherwise noted below:

Bexar - Esperanza Center, 922 San Pedro Ave, SA, TX 782

Collin - 7p-8p, 8713 Kimberly Lane, Frisco, TX 75033

Comal - 7p-730p, 642 Crosspoint Dr, New Braunfels, TX 78130

Dallas- 1439 North Zang Blvd, Dallas, TX 75203

Denton - 7p-8p, UT Library, 2nd Floor, 1506 Highland Avenue, Denton, TX 76203

El Paso - 8p-9p, Tio Juan's Restaurant, 10059 Dyer St, El Paso, TX 79924

Harris - 2805 Wichita, Houston, TX 77004-7715

Nueces - B&J's Pizza, 6335 S Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78412

Orange - 7p-8p, 306 Mesquite, Bridge City, Tx 77611

Tarrant - Roots Coffeehouse, 9101 Blvd 26, North Richland Hills, Tx 76180

Travis - Brick Oven Pizza, 1209 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

Webb - 6p-8p, Café Dolce, 1708 Victoria St., Laredo, Tx 78040

Stage 2

The following Saturday, March 15, are the County Conventions which nominate candidates at the county levels and elect delegates to District and State Conventions.

County Convention Locations & Times:

Bexar - 1p-4p, Esperanza Center, 922 San Pedro Ave, SA, TX

Collin - 7p-9p, 8713 Kimberly Lane, Frisco, TX 75033

Comal - 7p-730p, 642 Crosspoint Dr, New Braunfels, TX 78130

Dallas - 5p-7p, 1439 North Zang Blvd, Dallas, TX 75203

Denton - 7p-8p, UT Library, 2nd Floor, 1506 Highland Avenue, Denton, TX 76203

El Paso - 5p-6p, Tio Juan's Restaurant, 10059 Dyer St, El Paso, TX 79924

Harris - 9a-11a, 2805 Wichita, Houston, TX 77004-7715

Nueces - 1p-3p, Executive Surf Club, 309 N Water St, Corpus Christi, TX 78401

Orange - 6p-8p, 306 Mesquite, Bridge City, Tx 77611

Tarrant - 2p-4p, Roots Coffeehouse, 9101 Blvd 26, North Richland Hills, Tx 76180

Travis - 5p-7p, Brick Oven Pizza, 1209 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

Webb - 7p-8p, Café Dolce, 1708 Victoria St., Laredo, Tx 78040

Stage 3

The Saturday after that, March 22, are the District Conventions to nominate multi-county candidates (like US Rep, etc.). Usually conducted by teleconference, send delegate contact info to the state chairs for details (kat at txgreens.org and dgwtax at aol.com).

Stage 4

Then finally the second Saturday of April, the 12th, is the State Convention that nominates the statewide candidates & elects state and national party officers. Location: Pearl Street Cooperative, 2000 Pearl St., Austin, TX 78705.

* The way Texas law is, we aren't allowed a primary and instead have to go through a four step nominating process. Having a vote at the Precinct level represents our attempt to democratize the process outlined by the state election code that only allows delegates to nominate candidates instead of like a primary, where everyone, who wants one, gets a vote.

Read up on Conventions on the Platform and Documents page at :

www.txgreens.org/documents

Got Questions? Contact kat:

kat swift

CoChair

State Executive Committee

Green Party of Texas

210-471-1791 (txt/voice)

kat@txgreens.org

GPTX Releases List of Candidates

The co-chairs of the Green Party of Texas are pleased to present the official list of candidates seeking a place on the ballot under the Green Party label.

Please see the attached pdf file.

While there are no positions with two or more candidates, the ballot listings will not be final until a vote by the appropriate county- or state-level conventions. In Texas, the Green Party, like the Libertarian Party, does not nominate by primary, but through a convention process. Each of these candidates will need to beat the "none-of-the-above" category during the voting.

Press Release: 50 Candidates File to Run as Greens in Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 10, 2013

GREEN PARTY OF TEXAS
P.O. Box 271080, Houston, TX 77277-1080 / Ph: (713) 866-6285 /
www.txgreens.org

Contact:
David Wager, Co-Chair
713- 594-8694 , dgwtax@aol.com
Kat Swift, Co-Chair
210-471-1791, kat@txgreens.org

Houston - The Texas Green Party has recruited more than 50 candidates
for state and local office across Texas to occupy the ballot in 2014.
This is historically the largest number of Green Party candidates that
will appear on the ballot in Texas.

"We are very excited to be running so many principled progressive
candidates throughout the state," said David Wager, co-chair of the
Texas Green Party.

"Our goal is to provide a progressive alternative to the other two
parties in Texas and offer voters more voices and more choices than they
might otherwise have on the ballot," Wager said.

The most widely known candidate is food safety advocate and
whistleblower Kenneth Kendrick of Wilson, who is running for Agriculture
Commissioner.

Kendrick was a former manager of a Plainview peanut plant, operated by
the now defunct Peanut Corp. of America, where he alerted authorities
and the public regarding alleged food safety violations. PCA went
bankrupt after a nationwide salmonella outbreak that was traced to the
Plainview plant. Seven people died and hundreds suffered from severe
illness.

Many green candidates, including Martina Salinas of Fort Worth, who is
campaigning for a seat on the Texas Railroad Commission, advocate
regulating, limiting or banning the oil and gas extraction process known
as hydraulic fracturing.

"With our state's future and the future of our families in mind, we need
to hold all fracking operations, especially waste water disposal, to a
high standard," said Martina Salinas.
"Even if it means stopping operations, we must ensure that our
children's children and beyond can enjoy the beauty that is Texas,"
Salinas said.

Other green candidates for statewide office include Emily Marie Sanchez
of Del Rio for United States Senate; Brandon Parmer of Dallas for
Governor; Chandrakantha Courtney of Houston for Lt. Governor; Jamar
Osborne of Dallas for Attorney General; Deb Shafto of Houston for
Comptroller; and Ulises Cabrera of Bryan for General Land Commissioner.

A full list of candidates will be released and a press conference held
on Thursday in cities across the state. Details to follow.

Run for Office as a Green and Occupy the Ballot!

(An open letter from the Green Party of Texas.)

The State needs a kick in the *ss...will you deliver it?

Shine up those boots, cowboys and cowgirls. The Green Party of Texas is on the ballot for 2014, and we need YOU (or someone you know) to be a candidate and run for office.

It's become apparent, with less than 12% approval, that Americans disapprove of the Democrats' & Republicans' bungling of the economy, health care, Wall Street, multiple wars and much more. It's past time for a "third party"--or as the state would refer to us, a "minor party." As turnout for voting goes down and voter anger goes up, it only stands to reason that Greens have a better shot at public office.

Now if you're sitting there, busy and tired, maybe you're thinking, "Yeah, right. Me? Not a chance. I don't have time or resources to campaign, and don't stand a chance come election time."

Our experience is that having a candidate who speaks to issues ignored by the corporate parties broadens the conversation, which impacts the populous; and even someone without time or money can put their name on the ballot without running an active campaign. (Chuck Robinson got 14% running this way.) If it's just you and an incumbent in the race, you're guaranteed to get some votes--and it may surprise you how many.

Voters are pissed, so let's stir up the mix some more! 2014 is the year to lambaste fracking, water theft, the Keystone XL pipeline, health care, food security, drones on the border, and every issue that amplifies our Green ideals and shows that a new way is possible.

Jill Stein Interview on Houston's KPFT

The Green Party's 2012 presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein will be the guest on the Thresholds program (http://kpftthresholds.com)
at 6 a.m. on Thursday, August 1, on Houston station 90.1 FM.

You can listen to the live stream at http://kpft.org or catch it later through the station's archive site at http://archive.kpft.org.

Here is a summary of the show from George Reiter, one of the hosts of Thresholds: "The presidential election is over, but the ecological crisis, not discussed by Mitt Romney or Barack Obama during the election, remains as the most pressing challenge for humanity. How will a civilization dependent on fossil fuels for its energy make the transition to sustainable energy sources, without destabilizing the climate? Do we have the resources to make the transition even if we develop the political will? Join us on Thresholds this Thursday at 6 a.m. for a conversation with Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for president in the last election. Dr. Stein’s platform included the Green New Deal, a program for shaping the economy to make that transition, putting people to work to meet that fundamental need. She now leads the Green Shadow cabinet, which continues to work toward that goal. We’ll be talking about what she learned from the campaign, what she thinks of the present US policy on climate change, and where she thinks we need to go from here. It’s a call-in show, and you are invited to participate in the last half of the hour."

Election Results Put Green Party on Ballot in 2014

A place on the Texas Ballot in 2014 has been guaranteed for the Green Party by the votes for two candidates, Josh Wendel, who ran for Railroad Commissioner, and Charles Waterbury, for Supreme Court justice. Josh won 484,826 votes, or 7.90%, and Charles won 491,571 votes, or 8.04%.

(According to Texas law, a political party is allowed to list its candidates on the ballot in the next general election if any candidate for state-wide office receives more than 5% of the vote.)

In other races, Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, the Green Party's candidates for president and vice-president, won 24,450 votes statewide.

The candidate with the highest number of votes was Charles Waterbury, mentioned above, with 491,571. Charles' impressive vote total is all the more significant for being the largest number of votes won by any Green Party candidate in Texas, beating the former record set by the late Ben Levy in 2000 who received 451,333 votes.

The candidate with the highest percentage of the vote, at 19.03%, was Angela K. Sarlay, who ran against an incumbent Republican for State Representative, District 113.

For nation-wide Green Party election results, check out this site.

Complete results for all races and candidates in Texas can be found at the Secretary of State's website.

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